by Linde Hyder
Mere words cannot begin to describe the majestic grandeur and breathtaking beauty of this architectural waterfront masterpiece located in the Sequoyah Hills area (one of Knoxville’s most desirable communities). Aptly named Villa Collina, ‘House on the Hill,’ the view-inspired property commands 8.2 acres along the peaceful Tennessee River, with the Great Smoky Mountains providing the ultimate backdrop.
Recognized as Tennessee’s largest home, the stately waterfront manor comprises 40,250 square feet of splendor throughout its 86 rooms. Elaborate appointments such as gold faucets, hand-painted lavatory bowls, Turkish Afyon sugar marble and 11 fireplaces offer a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle that awaits residents and guests in the eight-bedroom layout. Built in the Italianate tradition, Villa Collina creates an aura of surprise and intrigue with hidden passageways and secret doors tucked within the sprawling estate.
A sweeping, intricately-detailed staircase introduces the grand floor plan designed to accommodate large-scale entertaining that has included event performances by artists such as Sara Evans and Lee Greenwood. In addition to a theater room and dance floor, there are a dining room that comfortably seats 18, a 2,600-square-foot wine cellar and a handsome three-level library with a handcrafted spiral staircase and space to shelve 10,000 books.
Reflecting amenities found at the finest resorts, the mansion features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, sauna and a fitness center. Most impressive is the $5 million master suite opulently arrayed with gold inlay crown molding, Swarovski crystal chandeliers and imported silk window treatments featured on HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms”. Completing this energy-efficient smart home design are a commercial-grade kitchen, elevator, six-car climate-controlled garage, secluded guest suite and separate staff quarters.
We invite you to call and schedule a private tour of this extraordinary offering situated within easy access to Knoxville, a major airport and the University of Tennessee.